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Regular Exercise Helps You Save Money on Health Care

Another Reason to Exercise: Keep Down Healthcare Costs

In these lean times, with layoffs that can often translate to losing health insurance, staying physically active can help you lower your health budget. According to the World Health Organization, physically active people save about $500 annually in healthcare expenses.These days every penny counts, so get out there and go for a walk or run. Or try a little gardening, it can be surprisingly physical. Staying physically active is also a cheap way to reduce stress.

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MissSophia MissSophia 7 years
I'm thinking in Australian dollars, so spending $500 on gyms fees is pretty easy. Plus, Im not saying I'd rather get sick!! Michlny - I don't ever get sick either. I haven't had a sick day at work for years.
foxymardy foxymardy 7 years
I agree with the article. And MissSophia, I run outdoors and my running shoes costs me way less than $500 per year. I don't have a gym membership, I do yoga and pilates at home using Shape magazines and DVDs as my guides. And I must say I save MORE than $500 on medical expenses. When I wasn't eating well and exercising regularly, I'd catch colds and coughs as soon as my friends and family get them. Now since I run at least 2-3 times per week and eating a lot of produce, I haven't been sick at all this year. Except for one case of food poisoning which I recovered on my own. And I agree with michlny, I'd rather splurge on gym memberships and running gear if given a choice than pay the hospital bills!
michlny michlny 7 years
MissSophia -- wouldn't you rather spend the $$ on exercise than get sick?? :) I literally don't get sick ever. Never call out sick. I live a healthy lifestyle. Yet my colleagues call out sick ALL the TIME! I really wish I'd be rewarded instead of covering the healthcare costs for all the others.......
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
MissSophia: To your point, I've definitely never spent over $500/yr on running related expenses. I don't go through shoes in six months so mine last me a year or two. I do see your point for class/gym costs. Anyway, this is the only reason why I started exercising in the first place. Being active at a young age helps reduce the risk of many diseases later in life! You just need to balance this out by not injuring yourself.
MissSophia MissSophia 7 years
I'm not trying to make this sound like a bad thing but, wouldnt a lot people spend more than $500 on gym classes, running shoes etc. each year???
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